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German storage market to hit US$1 billion by 2021 on falling costs and subsidies
28 Jul 2016 at 6:06pm
New research predicts the energy storage market in Germany will increase 11-fold in the next five years, with the residential market buoyed by declining feed-in tariffs, high electricity prices and €30 million in subsidies, while the primary reserve market boosts activity within the utilities sector.

PV manufacturing capacity expansion plans in June follow May’s decline
28 Jul 2016 at 5:36pm
PV Tech’s preliminary analysis of global PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcements in June, clearly demonstrate a significant slowdown in recent months.

TBEA to build two 500MW PV power plants in Egypt
28 Jul 2016 at 2:27pm
China-based major EPC firm TBEA Sunoasis has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with two Egyptian government agencies to build two 500MW PV power plants in the country.

Spain considering solar in 3GW renewables auction but awaits formed government
28 Jul 2016 at 1:27pm
Spain is considering a 3GW renewable energy auction including solar PV, however, the policy is uncertain while the country awaits the formation of a government.

Sonnedix finalises 86MW solar project in South Africa
28 Jul 2016 at 1:09pm
US independent power producer (IPP) Sonnedix has reached commercial operation on an 86MW solar PV plant in South Africa, after only 17 months of construction.

Yingli Green’s 60-cell dual glass ‘TwinMAX’ 1500V modules pass IEC61215/61730 tests
28 Jul 2016 at 1:05pm
China-based integrated PV manufacturer Yingli Green Energy said that its 60-cell dual glass ‘TwinMAX’ 1500V modules have passed aging and safety IEC61215/61730 tests, respectively.

PV Nano Cell’s nanometric silver conductive ink enables non-contact digital inkjet printing
28 Jul 2016 at 12:37pm
PV Nano Cell has commercially developed ‘Sicrys’, a single-crystal, nanometric silver conductive ink delivering enhanced performance for digital conductive printing in mass production applications. The inks are also available in copper-based form, delivering all of the product’s properties and advantages with improved cost efficiency.

NV Energy files to grandfather solar customers in advance of court hearing
28 Jul 2016 at 12:20pm
Nevada’s largest utility, NV Energy, made a filing yesterday with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to return existing rooftop solar consumers to the previous, more favourable rates for the next 20 years.

Australian energy minister absolves renewables from major blame in South Australia power hikes
28 Jul 2016 at 12:05pm
Australia’s newly appointed energy minister Josh Frydenburg has said the extreme fluctuations in South Australia’s electricity tariffs should be blamed on a number of factors not just renewables, in a filmed interview with Australian news outlet ABC.

Wacker’s polysilicon sales in Q2 limited by inventory depletion
28 Jul 2016 at 11:29am
Major polysilicon producer Wacker Chemie reported flat second quarter polysilicon sales, despite stronger demand and higher average selling prices (ASPs) as inventory depletion limited shipments.

ROUND UP: Brazil states exempt ICMS, India/US WTO September ruling, Fronius eyes Greece
27 Jul 2016 at 4:33pm
More Brazilian states have exempted the ICMS tax on net metering, the WTO Appellate will rule on India/US solar trade case in September,

Hanergy Holding wants to defer US$360 million in overdue debts to Hanergy Thin Film
27 Jul 2016 at 4:19pm
Struggling solar PV thin-film firm Hanergy Thin Film Power Group said its parent company Hanergy Holding Group had proposed a deferred payment deal on overdue debts totalling US$360 million and interest penalty payments that topped US$25 million at the end of 2015.

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JinkoSolar signs three PPAs for its 188 MWac PV projects in Mexico (copy 1)
28 Jul 2016 at 4:53pm
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on July 28th, 29016 announced that it signed three power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission (Comision Federal de Electricidad, CFE) for the three solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 188 MWac that was awarded in April 2016 under Mexico's first long-term electricity auction.

IHS Markit: Global grid-connected energy storage capacity to double in 2016
28 Jul 2016 at 1:29pm
The global energy storage market is expected to double, from 1.4 gigawatt hours (GWh) added in 2015 to 2.9 GWh this year, offering unique growth prospects for many energy companies as global energy markets continue to cool. Global grid-connected energy storage capacity will surge to 21 GWh by 2025, according to IHS Markit (Englewood, CO, U.S.).

Swiss Partners Group to invest over USD 200 million in development of Taiwanese solar power platform
28 Jul 2016 at 11:25am
Partners Group (Baar-Zug, Switzerland), a global private markets investment manager, has agreed to invest over USD 200 million as the controlling shareholder in a Taiwanese solar power development platform on behalf of its clients. The platform has entered into an agreement with Sinogreenergy (SGE), a Taiwanese developer of solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, to develop a portfolio of up to 550 MW of solar power plants across Taiwan over the next three years.

Solar Power World releases 2016 top 500 U.S. solar contractors list
28 Jul 2016 at 10:59am
Solar Power World Magazine on July 27th, 2016 announced the release of its “2016 Top 500 Solar Contractors list”. This year’s cohort of contractors works amid a burgeoning business market. The U.S. solar market is expected to grow 119% in 2016, according to GTM Research.

Eurus Energy celebrates completion of its 4 MW Fukushima Kawauchi solar PV park
28 Jul 2016 at 10:56am
On July 21st, 2016 Eurus Energy Group (Tokyo, Japan) celebrated the completion of the 4 MW Eurus Fukushima Kawauchi Solar photovoltaic (PV) Park in Kawauchi Village, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan The facility with approximately 19,000 PV panels spreads over about 13 hectares on the Takatsuka Heights in the northwestern part of Kawauchi Village.

GlobalData: Asia-Pacific solar PV BoS market to decline considerably due continuing decrease in costs
28 Jul 2016 at 8:18am
According to a new GlobalData (London, UK) report, the global solar Photovoltaic (PV) Balance of System (BOS) market is set to experience varying levels of decline across a number of regions over the coming years, with the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region seeing its market depreciate the most, from USD 27.4 billion in 2015 to USD 14.2 billion by 2020. GlobalData’s latest report states that this decline, which represents a negative Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12.3%, will be primarily due to the continuing decrease in solar PV BOS costs.

SEIA releases new guide to land leases for solar
28 Jul 2016 at 8:11am
In an effort to better serve landowners interested in leasing their unused or underused land, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on July 25th, 2016 released the “SEIA Guide to Land Leases for Solar”. From start to finish, this comprehensive guide covers the important aspects of how to work with a solar developer, from initial site visit to lease finalization.

YingliSolar's PID resistant dual glass PV modules pass IEC61215/61730 tests
28 Jul 2016 at 8:02am
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China), known as “YingliSolar”, on July 27th, 2016 announced that its TwinMax 60 solar cell dual glass photovoltaic (PV) modules (including standard and bifacial series) have passed the IEC61215/61730 tests. These standards ensure the performance and safety of the PV modules and thereby of investors' capital, the company notes.

Australia: 50 MW hybrid wind, solar PV and energy storage facility approved
27 Jul 2016 at 3:00pm
Construction of the first stage of Kennedy Energy Park (Hughenden, Queensland, Australia) will commence early in 2017 having received development approval last week. Kennedy is being developed by Canberra based company Windlab Limited and Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation of Japan. Kennedy is an innovative world leading wind, solar and storage hybrid energy solution comprising of 30 MW of wind, 20 MW of solar PV and 2 MW of Li ion battery storage.

China could install 25–30 GW of solar PV capacity in 2016
27 Jul 2016 at 2:09pm
China appears to be on track of having installed up to 20 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the first half of 2016 according to information released by a representative from China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) during an event Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co. Ltd. (AECEA) attended on July 21st.

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